In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature established the new Foundation High School Program as the default graduation program for all students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015. The State Board of Education adopted rules related to the new Foundation High School Program in January 2014.
House Bill 5 (HB5) required the commissioner of education to adopt a transition plan to implement HB5 and replace the Minimum High School Program (MHSP), Recommended High School Program (RHSP), and Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) with the Foundation High School Program beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. These rules allow students who entered high school before the 2014-2015 school year the option to graduate under the new Foundation High School Program.
Thrive With Five was a training that the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) offered in 2014 to assist districts in planning for HB5 implementation. The event featured district superintendents, business leaders, principals, counselors, researchers and TASA/TASB representatives.
IPSI has also made several videos to assist parents and students in understanding the new HB5 graduation requirements.
Find more information about House Bill 5 at the TEA website.